I don't know what things have been like recently, but I used to frequent Aoi several times a week during my college days in Philly. I loved the atmosphere, the service and the food. I especially enjoyed the soups and the sushi specials. I have not been back recently, but from 2001 to 2005ish I loved this place.
I am abosoulutly in love with AOI. Their all you can eat sushi is the best ayce quality I have ever had. You order it by the piece and although the selection is limited, there is plenty to choose from. I couldn't reccomned this place any higher.
Out of all the places I have dined, AOI knocks up the rate with style. I am a classically trained chef, so my standards are high, but this place lights up the palate.
The made to order all you can eat sushi is fabulous. Order it and you will not be let down.
In God We Trust and Live,
Overall, it is the best sushi restaurant I've found in the city. Haru is over-priced with snobby staff. Most other places do not have Japanese sushi chefs!
The wait staff is attentive, despite what some other reviews have said. The sushi is fresh, well-made(does not fall apart when eating), and good portions. They have some more rare kinds of fish when in season too.
And, here's a hint, you can get ramen there! It's not on the menu, but, if you ask, they have several kinds to pick from.
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